Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ribbon, organized

I always get the itch to clean out and organize right before the new year. An ill timed episode of Hoarders* shifted me into high gear last Monday. I tore everything out of our storage spaces around the apartment and dumped it on the floor. Then I sat in the middle of the mess and started sorting and boxing. Several large mugs of tea and a couple of TV breaks later, we were in much better shape. I only cried once.

And I thought of a new way to store my burgeoning ribbon supply! Which involved a trip to Ikea that was less than pleasant because apparently everyone else was on the hunt for organizational supplies as well. But we survived. We did not break up and we are still speaking to each other and we managed to only buy the items on our list and we got 50 cent hot dogs for lunch to celebrate. That's basically the definition of Ikea success.

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I purchased one curtain rod set ($6.99) plus one extra set of hardware for double curtains ($3). D cut the metal curtain rod into two pieces with his Dremel. The regular curtain rod hardware is perfect for my wide but squat spools, while the one designed for double curtains gives me just enough extra space for my larger spools of skinny ribbon.

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I order my ribbon from the manufacturer in bulk, so the spools are enormous and a bit difficult to accommodate. If you just have normal size spools, you could use a paper towel rod rather than a curtain rod, which should eliminate the need to use the Dremel.

*I have now officially been banned from watching Hoarders, ever again. I think I'm equal parts sad and relieved.

36 comments:

  1. I love the ribbon storage! What a great idea. I've been looking for some way to store ribbon as well. :) Thanks for sharing!
    I've never seen Hoarders but I can imagine after what I've heard, I couldn't watch it!

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  2. I love the ribbon collection! Comes in really handy when I make cards! :)

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  3. i can't watch hoarders...it makes me too sad and then grossed out by anything but the cleanest house. hypervigilence in the other direction maybe?

    love the organization - i saw candi spellings wrapping room once in a magazine and thought how wonderful it would be to have that. *sigh*

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  4. What a great solution! I know what you mean about getting that cleaning/organizing itch... I always get it right before bed. It drives my husband NUTS. :)

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  5. Genuis! I have all of my ribbon in one of those plastic bags that sheet sets come in. So most of it is off the roll- and crazy looking. Bravo for being inventive!

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  6. what a fabulous idea, plus it's such a cute way to display all of your pretty ribbons!

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  7. Yes and yes.

    (I have serious genetic hoarding skills. Every year or so I have to get rid of *everything* so as not to end up like, well, everyone I'm related to.)

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  8. Funny! An episode of "Horders" through me into a cleaning and organizing fit. The Hubs and I now use the phase "It's looking totally Augustine around here" to declare a disaster and mandatory clean session for the family.

    I like your ribbon storage. I just made a flat card and wrapped mine around the cards then stored them in a photo box but that's because I didn't have rolls like you do. The storage you've created is very functional too.

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  9. that show hoarders scares me so much, but it's a good reminder to stay organized! me, i re-organized my kitchen cupboards for the new year and it felt so good!

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  10. That looks amazing! Can you come organize my apt? PLEASE!

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  11. You sure look organized. You have motivated me and I am sure many other bloggers. Where do you order your ribbon from and are you happy with them.

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  12. It's amazing how much of a relationship challenge going to Ikea and building/putting together whatever you bought there can be. We've made it through multiple trips, a chest of drawers, and an entertainment unit. Hopefully the curtain rods sitting on the dining room table won't be our downfall. ;)

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  13. If we were facebook friends I would "like" this about 50 times. Great idea with the double curtain rod! I'm totally borrowing that for my own ribbon supply!

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  14. Great idea! Love it when ribbons are displayed on spools. Its so satisfying. ps.. Augustine on Hoarders... the cats skeletons.... OMG.

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  15. I covet your ribbon collection- soooo pretty! Where is the best place to buy them in bulk?

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  16. Well I am thankful to hear you made it out alive and intact. I get bitten by the same bug sometimes and it can be dangerous if I don't have the time or energy to finish what I started.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Oh - both looks pretty and works efficiently. Double success!

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  18. I buy my ribbons from JKM ribbons and trims online. They're a great resource because they have the largest selection I've found, but the shipping can be slooooow. Make sure to order well ahead of time. It can be several weeks before your order arrives.

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  19. You've inspired me! Awesome organizing skills... I really must get to my closet.

    I'm not allowed to watch Hoarders or I didn't know I was pregnant... those shows give me nightmares.

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  20. Great idea! I don't have nearly the supply of ribbon that you have, but maybe someday, if I ever do, I will have to keep this in mind.

    I have never watched "Hoarders," but I might have to watch an episode or two on On-Demand to kick start my own organization . . . ;o)

    Happy organizing! :o)

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  21. That show is so shocking and sad! At least it motivated you to clear out some stuff!

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  22. such a lovely lovely idea.
    i love your ribbon collection, so pretty!

    happy 2010 friend!
    hope we can get together soon!

    xo.

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  23. this is brilliant! and it reminds me that i need to organize my ribbon, too!

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  24. love this idea! pretty and practical, in a lovely combo. i like when you tell stories- shopping stories are a particular favorite!

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  25. great solution and bravo to you for sorting your "storage"

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  26. love the definition of a a successful ikea trip. hope you had swedish meatballs too.

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  27. Rachel, I've missed our online camaraderie. I'm glad to see my old stomping ground is still in your blog roll. I'm hiding out these days, only slightly anonymously. Please visit, if you like.

    P.S. Loving your ribbon organization. And all of your holiday posts made my heart sing.

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  28. You're so clever! It looks great, and incredibly organized. I'm all about organization, makes the rest of my life go more smoothly.

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  29. Love it! I actually store my ribbon quite similarly, on tension curtain rods suspended within bookshelves. Gotta do what works! ;-)

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  30. oh swoon... organisation + ribbon!

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  31. It looks so pretty and organized. Much better than my junk box. LOL!

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  32. Oh gosh, this is just blissful!

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